Winter Fire Safety – Part 2 of 2
Use dry kindling to start a fire. Next, add a few pieces of wood. Be unwavering there is space between the logs so there is enough air to get the fire going. Dirty glass doors on wood stoves, or smoke from the chimney are both signs that wood is too moist or the fire needs more air. Never smoulder garbage, cardboard, painted wood or any wood that is treated or contains glue, such as plywood or particle board. These materials can release harmful chemicals when they are burned.
They can also mutilate a wood stove. Be aware of air quality. Some areas limit the use of wood stoves and fireplaces under certain air quality conditions. You can find out what the air calibre forecast is in your area on airnow.gov. If you use a wood stove to heat your house, you can save wood and create less smoke with an EPA-certified wood stove. In January 2014, the EPA proposed updates to its requirements for newly made wood heaters that will occasion these products cleaner in the future. Final regulations are expected to be announced in February 2015.